The Eisman Campaign released another 'Why can't I debate?' press release today (again without the necessary 'Authorized by' statement).
I have been personally torn on this issue. Yes, he reached the threshold for getting on the ballot, that argues for inclusion.
However, Wisconsin has one of the easiest ballot criteria in the country, so should that be the sole arbiter?
We the People Wisconsin have not invited Eisman to the debate because he can not demonstrate an ability to capture a base percent of the vote (I have heard it set at 5 or 10% in different reports).
I tend to agree with this decision. Why? The debate tonight is set to help people decide the direction of Wisconsin. Our system is set up such that anyone that receives a plurality of votes is the winner.
I do not yet have statewide figures, but Eisman received .3% of the vote in the Winnebago County Gubenatorial primary. I would assume that is equal or better than the state total.
This, along with no statewide polls registering him at 10% or above and, with the average polling showing Green (R) at 41/.7%, Doyle (D) at 47.7% and undecided at 9.3%, there seems to be no mathematical way that Eisman could arrive at 51% of the vote (or, with Wisconsin requiring a plurality to win, 34% if the other 2 split the vote perfectly).
I'm sorry, but I see no compelling reason to include Eisman in the debate.
It is up to Eisman to make himself a valid candidate. It is not up to We the People Wisconsin to do it for him.
It is also up to the Green Party to make an organization that can move enough voters to elect their candidates.